I was left with an unusual dilemma: what do you get a baby for his first birthday? I have a few friends with kids, but this was my first official invite to a baby birthday party [pictures to come...this was not your average birthday...it had a theme and was AWESOME!]. Babies have lots of toys, clothes, books, and just general adorable things. I got baby G a Jellycat while I was in New York for work, but wanted to come up with something else for him [and his wonderful parents]. First, I started with paint...
With help from my Mom [we both consider ourselves aunties of this little man] we painted a stretched canvas with a mixture of colors. It was very abstract, there wasn't necessarily a statement we were trying to make. It ended up feeling a bit like confetti, which works well with the birthday theme. Originally, my plan was to let the painting dry and then paint a big letter G on top. But then I decided to take the crafty-factor up one notch...
I bought one of those 3-D paper letters from Paper Source, and a sheet of faux-wood paper [which tied into the theme of this birthday, and just looked cool], and wrapped the letter in paper. This added some dimension to the painting, and just seemed like a unique alternative to monogram art.
Below, I tested out the piece on a wall in my dining area, and it fit in perfectly! [If only my name started with a G, I may have selfishly kept it for myself!].
Acrylic can be pretty flat, but because we layered so many colors and didn't water down the paint, it took on an almost oil paint consistency, which I really liked.
So there you have it! My first DIY mixed media birthday present! Hopefully the G-Man approves [I've heard his parents like it!]. I may need to make a J sometime in the near future...stay tuned.
Just in case you're curious, the other paintings on this wall were done by my aunt, Sandra Torrijos. The large one on the right is one of my most favorite of hers, and the smaller one on the left is actually for sale in my store. There are also a couple photos, one of my Mom and I when I was probably 7 or 8, and one of my Grandmother and mom when she was just a baby. Two of my favorites!